Kelapile’s art piece earns her P10k

Kelapile (left) captured standing next to her winning art piece and other art exhibition winners PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Kelapile (left) captured standing next to her winning art piece and other art exhibition winners PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Talented visual artist, Bantshwanetse Kelapile has earned top prize after her brilliant artwork was adjudged the best in the Botswana Travel & Tourism art exhibition.

After a week in which youngsters were busy creating artworks for the inaugural Botswana Travel & Tourism art exhibition run through a collaboration between the Thapong Visual Arts Centre and Remmogo Foundation, the winners were finally announced Tuesday morning. Conducted under the Culture & Tourism Inspired Artworks, the art exhibition was only open to young artists of ages 18 to 35. Kelapile’s fine piece fended off stiff competition from 20 other art pieces to win the ultimate grand prize of P10,000.

Rodney Mongwaketsi and Gofaone Thebeetsile came in second and third places taking away the prizes of P5,000 and P2,500 respectively. Titled ‘Weaving the Future (Re Loga Isago), Kelapile’s piece was unique for the eye. The artist chose to utilise basketry and the famous ‘Mr Cobra’, who has become synonymous with indigenous knowledge, to bring forth a message of hope and unity for the future.

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